Courtois B-FlatA Cornet

Courtois B-Flat/A Cornet

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This cornet was made by the Antoine Courtois & Mille in Paris, France around 1880 to 1895. It is B-flat/A cornet, Arbuckle model, made of silver plated brass with 3 piston valves with mother-of-pearl finger buttons and tuning shanks and crooks.

This cornet model is named after Scottish immigrant, Matthew Arbuckle (1828-1883), a prominent cornet player of the era. His cornet instruction book containing instructions, exercises, lessons, and arrangements, Arbuckle’s Complete Cornet Method was published in 1866 and is still used today.

This cornet bears inscriptions of Courtois and J. Howard Foote. J. Howard Foote, musical instrument dealer in New York and Chicago, was the sole Courtois importer in the United States in the 1880s and 1890s.

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Courtois, Antoine
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
silver (overall material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 5 in x 6 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 12.7 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Frances J. Berggren and Judith K. Miller
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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